Monthly Archives: October 2012

27 10, 2012


October 27th, 2012|Blog|

  Good morning Martin, It’s 7:52 am and my cold, overcooked hash browns and burnt bacon are staring at me from my plate.  Next to them is my equally undrinkable black coffee – I drink it as hot as possible, straight from the pot. Last week, I sat here crying, well not here, in the middle diner booth, but the last one in the back, ashamed.  I was cellularly exhausted.  My new job leaving me drained in every dimension.  I wept openly.  My mother’s family, my mother herself, so noble, so proud, so brave.  What was I doing at 6 am waiting for my morning shift as a nanny.  Why? The desire to run was palpable.  I had been offered a volunteer gig in Greece, caring for and teaching others about the exquisite ocean turtles. It was full time, with year round living in a converted train car.  Rugged yet intriguing.  My watery crush on the sea turtle is second only to the indomitable horseshoe crab – having evolved only as much as necessary, unafraid and unaware of our linear concept of time, they forge on. But to live well and prosper, multiply that is, both must indeed, dance into our linear mindset.  Leaving the safety of the blue liquid, they climb onto the sand.  Facing the headlights of our cars, intrusive condos, cruising tires, they continue the innate rituals of mating and nesting.  So too, they both suffer the same consequences. Last week, as I wept, succulent bacon, hash browns sublimely crispy on one side/soft on the other side, and an endless flow of hot coffee soothed me.  Today, not only are the food and service different, but I am.  Not only because I don’t have to wake in the dark and gingerly close the door so I won’t disturb my roommate, but also because today my hands and my heart act as one to say thank you.  I have designated Tuesday as writing day, along with Sunday, my other blessedly late wake-up morning.  Having forgotten that today I could wake late, my alarm interrupted my dreaming at 5 sharp.  So, I lay in bed thinking about your book, and what I could possibly have to offer, and decided to listen to the advice I’ve been giving my sister: “make the most of whatever happens. This ‘falling apart’ that we 3 sisters seem to be experiencing, is going to be the best time in our lives. We can remake ourselves. Live the lives we have only imagined.” […]

26 10, 2012


October 26th, 2012|Blog|

    A WALK IN THE  PARK [Yes, I attempt to occasionally write a nice piece of short fiction] "You're pathetic," he says, his voice raw and mean-spirited, "incapable of seeing anything through to the end." My mother's voice  is softer, but deceptive and equally cruel. "I wouldn't call this just 'anything:' Jesus, are you really that heartless, [...]

19 10, 2012

A Beautiful and Poignant Song About Aging

October 19th, 2012|Blog|

16 10, 2012

WHAT – The New Algorithm

October 16th, 2012|Op-Ed|

There is a new and simple algorithm that describes the challenges of upgrading our current institutional aging facilities - WHAT. W-Wages H-Human Potential A-Advocacy T-Technology SUB-STANDARD WAGES ARE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE The women of color that are the backbone of this country's network of institutional aging facilities - many of them single parents - are [...]

14 10, 2012


October 14th, 2012|Blog|

  Old, infirm convicts costly to state; officials looking at alternatives Parole to special nursing homes considered, if no threat to public safety By Mike Ward American-Statesman Staff Donald Carl Rash, 61, has served nearly half of his 23-year prison sentence for robbing a convenience store in Williamson County in 1999. Disabled and suffering from a variety of illnesses — diabetes, hepatitis C, chronic chest pain and breathing difficulties — that have left him barely able to move around, Rash asked to be paroled to a nursing center. There the federal government, not Texas taxpayers, could pick up the tab for his escalating medical expenses — easily totaling tens of thousands of dollars each year. State parole officials have said no, insisting Rash doesn’t qualify for early release on medical grounds — a decision made in dozens of other cases in recent years. With the Legislature certain to face a tight state budget when it convenes next January, state officials confirmed Tuesday they are exploring a plan that could parole many of the most infirm, bed-ridden offenders into secure nursing homes where the offenders could be kept track of by ankle monitoring bracelets. […]

13 10, 2012

Elder Wii Bowlers Face Charges in Doping Scandal

October 13th, 2012|Blog|

     A group of Wii bowlers from six assisted living facilities in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, were indicted yesterday by a Federal Grand Jury on charges of Physiological Doping for the Purpose of Racketeering - a Class B felony." They almost pulled it off," said Sgt. Richard Morgan of Center Valley, Pennsylvania's Geriatric Crime Unit. [...]

12 10, 2012

Milton Carrero Galarza

October 12th, 2012|Blog|

Milton, a good friend and journalist for Allentown's Morning Call, stopped by yesterday with his guitar.

12 10, 2012

Assisted Living Residents Give Their Community a “Thumbs Up”

October 12th, 2012|Blog|

Nine Out of Ten Assisted Living Residents Give Their Community a “Thumbs Up” Alyssa Gerace | October 11, 2012 | Comments (0) Responsive and caring management and staff at assisted living communities are top drivers for high satisfaction rates among residents and their families toward the communities they reside in, according to the 2011-2012 National Surveys of Customer and Employee Satisfaction in Assisted Living Communities. When asked as to their overall satisfaction and how they would recommend the community to others as a place to receive care, the overwhelming majority of respondents (91%) and their families (92%) provided a response of either “good” or “excellent,” says the National Research Corporation, which conducted the survey. Responsiveness of management and staff, and care or concern by staff are among the list of top reasons why families and residents report satisfaction. Chart credit: National Research Corporation, 2012 […]

1 10, 2012

Nursing Home Inspect

October 1st, 2012|Blog|

  Find Nursing Home Problems in Your State         Use this tool to search more than 29,000 nursing home inspection reports, most completed since January 2011, and encompassing over 144,000 deficiencies. | Related Story: Search Nursing Home Inspection Reports With Our New Interactive Tool.